SoccerSouls European Power Rankings – April 27th-28th
Terms and Criteria
The SoccerSouls power Rankings are a weekly compilation of the 20 best teams in Europe ranked on the basis of form and performances over the week.
Teams from all the major European leagues will be included while the rankings do get updated every week. The set of rankings are based exclusively on the results from last gameweek.
Historical achievements and the prestige of the players in the club play no part whatsoever in the criteria for the selection of teams. The positional changes that are made will purely be based on current form, value of the results, progress in competitions as well as any other footballing achievements.
These rankings are exclusively set as per the opinion of the writer and do not hold any official value. Do feel free to comment regarding any disputes about your team’s position or if you think a team doesn’t deserve the place that they’ve been allotted. Based on the fixtures, these rankings will be updated every weekend so be sure to check back.
Liverpool and Man City kept their winning streaks going as the title race looks like it could well and truly go into the final day of the season.
The Premier League saw yet another surprising week this time around with all four teams vying for the two remaining Champions League spots dropping points.
Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rayo Vallecano was a rather explicit illustration of how poor the football at the Bernebau has become. Barcelona sealed yet another La Liga title at the weekend as they’ve now been mathematically crowned as champions.
With just 3 fixtures left to play, Atletico Madrid are 9 points behind the Catalan side and with a goal difference advantage of more than 20 goals, there is a certain inevitability of their crowning.
The Serie A is quite possibly the least competitive of all the top European leagues as Juventus have been running away with the title right from the opening day of the season.
Despite a 1-1 draw against Inter, their 18-point lead at the top of the table is enough to carry them through. Napoli were comfortable winners against Frosinone as well.
Borussia Dortmund wasted an opportunity to get level on points with Bayern Munich as they were battered at home by a lowly Schalke side.
The result on the night was 4-2 and this was mostly thanks to the red cards picked up by Marco Reus and Marius Wolf. Bayern Munich played out a 1-1 draw against Nürnberg while Eintracht Frankfurt stumbled to a 0-0 draw.
With a 16-point lead at the top of the Ligue 1 table and a game in hand on the chasing pack as well, PSG’s candidacy for the title has never been under question and they are set to play Montpellier on Tuesday. Both Lyon and Lille were able to notch up good victories at the weekend as well.
Other European Leagues
In what is quite possibly the most intriguing title race across Europe, Benfica have now taken a 2-point advantage over Porto on the table owing to a 2-2 draw against Rio Ave. Elsewhere, both Celtic and Rangers were comfortable winners, while the Dutch league wasn’t in action this weekend.
Here are the club rankings after the April 6-8th set of fixtures:
20. Arsenal (-10)
19. Wolverhampton Wanderers (New!)
18. Manchester United (+1)
17. Eintracht Frankfurt (Stay!)
16. Paris Saint Germain (Stay!)
15. Real Madrid (-2)
14. Napoli (+4)
13. Tottenham Hotspur (-7)
12. Benfica (-4)
11. Juventus (+1)
10. Chelsea (+5)
Chelsea’s first season under Maurizio Sarri could easily be branded as a failure but upon closer inspection of the situation, it becomes clear that Chelsea are in a pretty strong predicament at the moment.
With top 4 in their control and Europa League still to fight for, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Blues rise further on this list.
9. Ajax (Stay!)
The Dutch giants don’t have a league game coming up anytime soon. They are set to face off against Tottenham in the semifinal of the Champions League in midweek after which a call will be taken about their position on these rankings.
8. Borussia Dortmund (-3)
The German giants have fallen off the pace being set by champions Bayern Munich as they succumbed to a rather unexpected 4-2 defeat at the hands of a lowly Schalke FC.
The game saw the men in yellow pick up two direct red cards with both their right-back and captain Marco Reus being sent off.
7. Porto (+7)
Possibly the biggest climbers of the weekend, Porto’s sudden rise into the top-10 is mostly down to the fact that their rampant rivals Benfica seem to have slipped up in the race for the Liga NOS title as Porto now have a clear points advantage with only a few games left to play.
6. Lille (+5)
The most in-form Ligue 1 side at the moment, LOSC Lille boasts some of the best and brightest young players in European football today and they certainly made this count in their 5-0 demolition of Nimes Olympique at the weekend.
5. Atletico Madrid (+2)
The Spanish giants haven’t had the best season and this has largely been down to their apparent inability to score goals at times.
Still boasting a very strong defence, Atletico Madrid were 1-0 winners over Valladolid at the weekend.
4. Bayern Munich (-1)
Bayern Munich’s weekend didn’t go quite as planned as they were unable to seal all three points on the night.
But fortunately for them, their main rivals, Borussia Dortmund, dropped more points as the men in yellow succumbed to a defeat, opening up a small gap at the top of the table.
3. Manchester City (+1)
The defending Premier League champions won a fixture that could easily have had a different result considering the context.
Although their game against Burnley wasn’t an easy one by standards, the ruggedness shown by Pep Guardiola’s side to get the win on the night will be massive motivation on its own.
2. Liverpool (-1)
Quite possibly the only team to lose their hold over first place in a set of rankings on the back of a 5-0 win, Liverpool are unlucky not the be sitting in the top spot for yet another week.
While the scoreline being quite flattering, considering that the fixture was against an already relegated Huddersfield Town side, their drop doesn’t seem too unfair.
1. Barcelona (+1)
The Catalan giants were able to ensure that the La Liga trophy came to the Camp Nou once again after a strong performance in their win against Levante.
They have been the best side in La Liga all campaign and with a Champions League semifinal lined up against Liverpool as well, there’s a reason for the fans to still be hopeful.